Baseball: Cinderella Falls Short

Senior Eric Rose hit a pair of home runs for the Wolverines, but the Michigan pitching staff had trouble hitting their location all night long as the Oregon State Beavers ended the Wolverines season with an 8-2 loss on Monday night at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore. Michigan pitching surrendered eight walks in the final game of the season. Michigan finished 2006-07 with a final record of 42-19.

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Just two wins from College World Series in Omaha, Neb., Rich Maloney and his Michigan baseball team fell just short of its season goal with an 8-2 loss to the defending national champion Oregon State Beavers on Monday night in Corvallis, Ore.

After dropping a tight 1-0 decision to the Beavers in game one of the Super Regional last night, the Wolverines pitchers struggled with their control and issued eight walks that resulted in seven Oregon State runs.

Senior center fielder Eric Rose was the lone bright spot for Michigan with a pair of solo home runs in his final two collegiate at-bat's.

"Of Oregon State's nine runs this weekend, eight were via a walk," Michigan coach Rich Maloney said. "We had no momentum offensively in this series. I know hitting is a contagious thing. I love my offensive team, unfortunately we didn't get it done in this venue. A lot is Oregon State's pitching. Had we won the first game this series probably would have been a lot different."

Unlike last night, Oregon State jumped on Michigan pitching early in this one. Batting in the bottom of the second inning, the Beavers climbed on top 2-0 after the Michigan pitching staff issued five straight walks after registering the first out of the inning on a ground ball. Then, with the bases loaded, Darwin Barney singled into right-center field to make it 4-0 through two.

Michigan registered its first hit of the game in the top of the third with a single by Derek VanBuskirk, but the Michigan left fielder got no further than first base before the end of the inning.

The Wolverines inability to find the plate cost them again in the bottom of the fifth. After walking three of the Beavers first four hitters of the inning, Joey Wong dropped a sacrifice bunt to make the score 5-0. A balk followed to provide the Beavers with their sixth run of the game, and Darwin Barney burned the Michigan staff again with a double down the left field line that left the Wolverines behind 7-0 through five.

Eric Rose scored Michigan's first run of the series with his first home run in the top of the sixth inning. With one down in the stanza, Rose hammered a pitch off Oregon State's Mike Stutes, the Beavers starting pitcher, into the parking lot behind the left field fence.

Oregon State added one more run in the bottom of the eighth and Rose added his second home run of the contest in the bottom of the ninth.

Michigan concluded the season with a Regional Championship and a record of 42-19 on the season.

"In the future, we'll have a new stadium and we'll be able to host," Maloney concluded. "We'll get great crowds like OSU does. What you guys have here is what I envision for us in the future. The good thing is our program is in solid shape. These guys (Rose and Roblin) set the tone. We're a top 10 team next year and our goal is Omaha. It's been Omaha, but now we know we can make it."

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